OMAHA (DTN) -- Deepening drought in the Northern Plains and a mainly dry pattern in the Brazil forecast are the primary weather features for the commodity market's attention Thursday.
MORE MIDWEST SHOWERS
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for continued periods of showers in the Midwest through the end of the week. Additional rain is indicated in the seven-day period. This should help to increase soil moisture for some of those drier sections of the region.
FIRE THREAT IN SOUTHERN PLAINS
The Southern Plains has a dry and windy period during the next 24 hours, leading to extreme fire threat and depletion of soil moisture. The seven-day period is also mainly dry with a notably cooler trend. This will slow the growth rate of winter wheat.
MORE NORTHERN PLAINS DRYNESS
Drought continues to deepen in the Northern Plains, with extreme drought now covering most of North Dakota. The region remains out of the main track of weather systems. Spring wheat and pastures have lower production prospects because of this dryness. Moderate showers indicated for South Dakota and eastern North Dakota are providing improved soil moisture ahead of row crop planting.
DELTA RAIN WATCH
Across the Delta, moderate to heavy rain is in store through the region during the next seven days. This will likely cause planting delays.
LIMITED BRAZIL RAIN
Brazil continues with a dry forecast for central crop areas during the next 10 days. In addition, temperatures have an above- to much-above-normal temperature values. This hotter and drier pattern poses a stressful scenario for growing and developing second-crop (safrinha) corn.
Moderate to heavy rain continues in the Argentina forecast through the weekend. This would be untimely for maturing crops and could cause quality issues along with harvest disruption.
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